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« on: May 31, 2009, 10:32:13 AM »


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What to say that hasn't been said (many many times) already: Touch of Evil is a nifty noir with a couple of good supporting performances and a shining director-screenwriter-actor Orson Welles. Certainly one of the best of its kind.


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But I was thinking about Janet Leigh: she plays Charlton Heston's wife, and there's a whole part of the movie that revolves around her staying over night in a remote motel. There are a few obvious connections between Touch of Evil and another classic of two years later - Hitchcock's Psycho. For instance, the only worker she finds there is a 'slightly' crazy young fella (played by Dennis Weaver). Then she even gets assaulted in her room. I was wondering if someone knows if there's a relations between these two movies, or is it just a coincidence?

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009, 07:24:27 PM »

I've heard about the ToE-Psycho connection before.  I think that there is a rumor that Hitchcock saw ToE and he decided that the Leigh-Weaver parts could sustain a feature-length film.  Interesting if true but personally the scenes in the motel are my least favorite part of ToE.  But the Welles-Heston stand offs are fantastic.   Afro

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009, 02:21:34 AM »

One of my absolute favourites. And one of the visually most stunning films ever. It's so easy to recognize in the long version the scenes not directed by Welles.

10/10 of course

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009, 02:13:46 PM »

I've heard about the ToE-Psycho connection before.  I think that there is a rumor that Hitchcock saw ToE and he decided that the Leigh-Weaver parts could sustain a feature-length film.

That's exactly what crossed my mind; the setting is almost identical.

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009, 02:28:02 PM »

I loved this movie but it's been awhile since I've seen it.

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 02:59:04 PM »

Other than the justly famous opening and the excellent final moments--in which the Man From Radio does what he does best again--this film bores me to death.

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009, 10:15:08 AM »

This film is fekking immense.  Top quality.

Although of course, any film that has Charlton Heston darkened with a silly mexican tash is always going to be a gooden.

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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009, 04:09:29 PM »

Other than the justly famous opening and the excellent final moments--in which the Man From Radio does what he does best again--this film bores me to death.

When I put "boring" and "Welles" in the same sentence, "The Stranger" and "The Trial" comes to mind.   Wink

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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 05:41:11 PM »

When I put "boring" and "Welles" in the same sentence, "The Stranger" and "The Trial" comes to mind. Wink

No, no, no... The Stranger I haven't watched yet, but The Trail aka (Le procŤs) is a superb adaptation and a full-blown masterpiece!

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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009, 06:26:17 PM »

No, no, no... The Stranger I haven't watched yet, but The Trail aka (Le procŤs) is a superb adaptation and a full-blown masterpiece!

Its interesting but some parts take forever and the ending is ridiculous.  The pinwheel opening is better than the whole movie.

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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2009, 09:50:30 PM »

Its interesting but some parts take forever and the ending is ridiculous.  The pinwheel opening is better than the whole movie.
Pretty much agree. Welles and Perkins are good, though, and I always enjoy seeing Romy Schneider.

DD, what do you think of the version done with Kyle McLaughlin?

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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2009, 11:49:12 PM »

Its interesting but some parts take forever and the ending is ridiculous.  The pinwheel opening is better than the whole movie.

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DD, what do you think of the version done with Kyle McLaughlin?

I once (back in the 90s) caught bits of it on TV, but never sat down at watched it after. Why, is it supposed to be good? Hidden McLaughlin gem?

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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2009, 06:20:44 AM »

In some ways it's more faithful to Kafka. For example, the ending is as Kafka wrote it (although he never in fact finished the novel, Kafka indicated how he wanted it to end). Welles takes a lot of liberties (changing the time period, for one).

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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2009, 01:01:30 PM »

I always enjoy seeing Romy Schneider.

I definitely agree.   Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2009, 01:26:56 PM »

Man, you're from Montana. All is forgiven. Cheesy

Hawaii actually, I just live in Montana.

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